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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: October 19, 2017
Nonfarm jobs decline 2,000 in September; unemployment rate falls to 4.6% Connecticut Labor Situation - September 2017 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, October 19, 2017 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 2,000 net jobs (-0.1%) in September 2017, to a level of 1,684,900, seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 3,500 jobs (0.2%). August's originally-released job loss of 3,900 was revised down by the BLS to a loss of 4,200. The number of the state's unemployed residents fell by 5,032, while the number of residents employed also fell by 4,344. As a result, Connecticut's unemployment rate fell by two-tenths of a point to 4.6% in September, seasonally adjusted. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above.

“September's decline of 2,000 seasonally adjusted payroll jobs caps a slow third quarter for Connecticut job growth,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “Annual job growth is now only 3,500, though the private sector is doing considerably better. Yet, at the same time, the state's unemployment rate fell to a quite low 4.6%.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Private Sector employment fell by 1,100 (-0.1%) to 1,453,000 jobs over the month in September, but remains up by 7,100 jobs (0.5%) over the year. The Government supersector also declined by 900 (-0.4%) to 231,900 jobs last month and over the year losses have grown to -3,600, -1.5%. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casinos located on tribal land.

Six of the ten major industry supersectors lost employment in September, while four increased. Professional and Business Services led growing industries with 1,100 net new jobs (0.5%, 217,600 total jobs). Financial Activities was next with an increase of 900 jobs (0.7%, 133,000 total). The Information contributed 300 jobs to growth, (0.9%, 32,100 jobs) and Manufacturing added 200 jobs (0.1%, 157,200 total)

On the downside, Construction and Mining dropped an estimated 1,400 jobs in September (-2.4%, 56,800 total). Leisure and Hospitality was next with a loss of 1,200 (-0.8%, 157,600 total). Education and Health Services shed 600 jobs (-0.2%, 332,700) with losses in both major categories. Trade, Transportation & Utilities, lost 300 positions (-0.1%, 297,700 total), although the retail trade component grew by 200 (0.1%). Finally, Other Services lost 100 jobs (-0.1%, 68,300 total).

Connecticut has now recovered 76.2% (90,700 jobs) of the 119,100 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the Great Recession (3/08-2/10). The job recovery is into its 91st month and the state needs an additional 28,400 jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector also slipped a bit in the recovery, regaining 95.3% (106,500) of the 111,700 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn. The Government supersector has lost a total of 23,200 positions since the recession began in March 2008.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Sep 2017 Sep 2016 Change Rate % Sep 2017 Aug 2017 Change Rate % Jul 2017 Jun 2017 May 2017
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,684,900 1,681,400 3,500 0.2% 1,684,900 1,686,900 -2,000 -0.1% 1,691,100 1,692,800 1,687,200
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,453,000 1,445,900 7,100 0.5% 1,453,000 1,454,100 -1,100 -0.1% 1,458,200 1,459,000 1,453,300
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 56,200 58,700 -2,500 -4.3% 56,200 57,700 -1,500 -2.6% 58,700 60,500 61,200
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 157,200 156,400 800 0.5% 157,200 157,000 200 0.1% 156,400 156,600 155,800
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 297,700 299,300 -1,600 -0.5% 297,700 298,000 -300 -0.1% 299,900 298,200 297,800
go to Information sector data table Information 32,100 32,200 -100 -0.3% 32,100 31,800 300 0.9% 31,800 31,900 31,300
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 133,000 129,700 3,300 2.5% 133,000 132,100 900 0.7% 133,000 132,800 132,300
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 217,600 218,900 -1,300 -0.6% 217,600 216,500 1,100 0.5% 216,400 216,300 216,800
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 332,700 330,700 2,000 0.6% 332,700 333,300 -600 -0.2% 333,400 333,200 333,200
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 157,600 154,600 3,000 1.9% 157,600 158,800 -1,200 -0.8% 159,100 161,100 156,700
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 68,300 64,800 3,500 5.4% 68,300 68,400 -100 -0.1% 68,900 67,800 67,600
go to Government sector data table Government 231,900 235,500 -3,600 -1.5% 231,900 232,800 -900 -0.4% 232,900 233,800 233,900
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 146,659,000 144,882,000 1,777,000 1.2% 146,659,000 146,692,000 -33,000 -0.0% 146,523,000 146,385,000 146,175,000

Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Three of the six LMAs that are seasonally adjusted by the BLS saw job losses in September 2017 and two were unchanged. Only the New Haven LMA saw job gains in September (1,200, 0.4%, 286,100 total). New Haven LMA now leads the state in job growth in both numeric and percentage terms. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA led declines (-2,100, -0.4%, 571,200). The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA dropped by 200 (-0.0, 411,000 total) and the Danbury LMA saw a small loss of 100 jobs (-0.1%, 79,800 total). The Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA and the Waterbury LMA were both unchanged. Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector, workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.8 hours in September 2017, down one-tenth of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $30.92, not seasonally adjusted, were up $0.54 (1.8%) from the September 2016 estimate ($30.38). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,045.10, up $15.22 from a year ago (1.5%).

   AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS    AVG WEEKLY HOURS   AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Sep CHG Aug           Sep CHG Aug               Sep CHG Aug
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017 2017 2016 Y/Y 2017
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,026.24 $1,114.11 -$87.88 $1,068.83 41.7 42.9 -1.2 41.8 $24.61 $25.97 -$1.36 $25.57
 DURABLE GOODS 1,059.19 1,160.52 -101.32 1,096.28 42.3 43.4 -1.1 42.1 25.04 26.74 -1.70 26.04
 NON-DUR. GOODS 910.40 947.42 -37.02 969.93 39.6 41.3 -1.7 40.6 22.99 22.94 0.05 23.89
CONSTRUCTION 1,209.33 1,185.64 23.69 1,169.20 40.5 39.8 0.7 39.5 29.86 29.79 0.07 29.60
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,045.10 1,029.88 15.21 1,038.63 33.8 33.9 -0.1 33.7 30.92 30.38 0.54 30.82
GOODS PRODUCING 1,217.16 1,262.66 -45.50 1,231.65 39.2 40.6 -1.4 39.1 31.05 31.10 -0.05 31.50
   Construction 1,199.28 1,230.12 -30.84 1,221.00 38.5 39.9 -1.4 38.3 31.15 30.83 0.32 31.88
   Manufacturing 1,213.23 1,272.64 -59.41 1,235.86 39.7 41.0 -1.3 39.7 30.56 31.04 -0.48 31.13
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,013.19 988.19 25.00 1,005.98 32.8 32.7 0.1 32.8 30.89 30.22 0.67 30.67
   Trade, Transp., Utilities 867.57 888.44 -20.87 850.18 33.0 33.3 -0.3 32.4 26.29 26.68 -0.39 26.24
   Financial Activities 1,718.06 1,650.58 67.48 1,729.75 36.9 37.1 -0.2 37.0 46.56 44.49 2.07 46.75
   Prof. & Business Serv. 1,258.12 1,226.00 32.11 1,249.50 35.4 34.8 0.6 35.7 35.54 35.23 0.31 35.00
   Education & Health Ser. 936.98 912.23 24.75 927.88 32.5 32.2 0.3 32.5 28.83 28.33 0.50 28.55
   Leisure & Hospitality 436.39 418.14 18.25 435.36 25.7 25.7 0.0 25.7 16.98 16.27 0.71 16.94
   Other Services 812.73 741.24 71.48 807.83 32.2 32.2 0.0 32.6 25.24 23.02 2.22 24.78
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
   Bridgeport-Stamford 1,140.61 1,138.05 2.56 1,127.28 33.4 33.8 -0.4 33.6 34.15 33.67 0.48 33.55
   Danbury 944.95 963.64 -18.69 927.46 33.7 33.8 -0.1 33.1 28.04 28.51 -0.47 28.02
   Hartford 1,075.00 1,072.25 2.75 1,075.99 34.4 34.6 -0.2 34.3 31.25 30.99 0.26 31.37
   New Haven 992.86 945.88 46.98 998.33 32.8 32.9 -0.1 32.7 30.27 28.75 1.52 30.53
   Norwich-New London 811.52 814.67 -3.15 812.49 31.7 32.6 -0.9 31.9 25.60 24.99 0.61 25.47
   Waterbury 872.25 852.93 19.32 843.78 34.3 35.1 -0.8 34.3 25.43 24.30 1.13 24.60

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in September 2017 was 2.2%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.
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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS – Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, decreased by 5,000 (-5.4%) over the month to 87,200 in September. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents has decreased by 2,700 (-0.2%). The state's labor force decreased by 9,600 (-0.5%) over the month, but continued to expand over the year (23,700, 1.3%). This is the second consecutive drop in the state's labor force after nearly 18 months of gains.

September 2017 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut increased by 331 claimants (9.1%) to 3,956 from September 2017, but were lower by 101 claims (-2.5%) from the September 2016 level of 4,057.

Month  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.7 1,748.2 156.5 1,863.5 1,713.3 150.2 1,871.4 1,739.1 132.2 1,898.9 1,783.4 115.5 1,890.3 1,786.5 103.9 1,892.2 1,807.2 85.0
Feb   1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,902.1 1,746.0 156.1 1,861.5 1,712.9 148.6 1,874.0 1,743.6 130.4 1,898.7 1,785.1 113.6 1,891.2 1,787.6 103.5 1,901.4 1,812.0 89.4
Mar   1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.2 1,742.5 156.7 1,860.9 1,713.6 147.4 1,876.5 1,748.0 128.5 1,897.4 1,786.2 111.3 1,891.7 1,788.8 102.9 1,911.7 1,819.9 91.7
Apr   1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.9 157.8 1,861.9 1,715.5 146.4 1,878.9 1,752.2 126.7 1,895.2 1,786.4 108.8 1,892.2 1,790.2 102.0 1,922.5 1,828.9 93.6
May   1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.8 159.2 1,863.8 1,718.2 145.6 1,881.1 1,756.3 124.8 1,892.4 1,786.1 106.3 1,892.5 1,791.8 100.6 1,929.1 1,834.0 95.1
Jun   1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.1 1,727.9 160.2 1,865.7 1,720.9 144.7 1,883.4 1,760.3 123.2 1,889.5 1,785.3 104.2 1,892.5 1,793.8 98.8 1,933.1 1,836.1 97.0
Jul   1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.3 1,723.8 160.6 1,866.8 1,723.2 143.6 1,886.0 1,764.1 121.9 1,887.2 1,784.5 102.8 1,892.1 1,795.9 96.2 1,933.1 1,836.6 96.5
Aug   1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,880.8 1,720.8 160.0 1,867.2 1,725.1 142.1 1,888.8 1,767.8 121.0 1,885.9 1,783.7 102.2 1,891.3 1,798.2 93.1 1,923.2 1,831.0 92.2
Sep   1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.4 1,718.8 158.6 1,867.0 1,726.8 140.2 1,891.6 1,771.4 120.2 1,885.6 1,783.3 102.3 1,890.1 1,800.2 89.9 1,913.8 1,826.7 87.2
Oct   1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.0 1,717.3 156.6 1,867.0 1,728.9 138.1 1,894.4 1,775.0 119.4 1,886.3 1,783.4 102.9 1,888.8 1,801.9 86.9
Nov   1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,870.3 1,715.9 154.4 1,867.6 1,731.5 136.1 1,896.6 1,778.3 118.4 1,887.7 1,784.2 103.5 1,887.5 1,803.2 84.3
Dec   1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,866.7 1,714.5 152.2 1,869.1 1,735.0 134.1 1,898.2 1,781.1 117.1 1,889.2 1,785.3 103.9 1,886.2 1,804.1 82.1
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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The September 2017 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 4.6% (seasonally adjusted), down two-tenths from September 2017 and down two-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.8%. The US jobless rate in September 2017 was 4.2%, down two-tenths point from 4.4% in August.
Month 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.5 4.8 0.3
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.7 4.7 0.0
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.2 8.2 0.0 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.5 -0.3
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.7 6.2 -0.5 5.7 5.4 -0.3 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.3 -0.3 5.6 5.5 -0.1 5.3 4.7 -0.6 4.9 4.3 -0.6
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2 5.2 4.9 -0.3 5.0 4.4 -0.6
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.4 5.2 -0.2 5.1 4.9 -0.2 5.0 4.3 -0.7
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.1 -0.3 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.8 4.4 -0.4
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.8 4.9 0.1 4.6 4.2 -0.4
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.6 4.8 0.2
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.5 4.6 0.1
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.5 5.0 -0.5 4.4 4.7 0.3

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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